FOCH Bedford Avenue Center
Merline Alexandre is the Educational Director at our Friends of Crown Heights Center located at 1491 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.
Born in Haiti, Ms. Alexandre migrated to the United States during her high school years and graduated in 1998 from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York with the Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Bilingual Education. After teaching at various elementary levels in city public schools for a year, she was recruited by the Flatbush Haitian Center (FHC) to serve as a group teacher in their pre-Kindergarten classroom. It was the opportunity of a lifetime, and it was there, she says, that her career in education “really took off.”
While serving as a full-time group teacher in the pre-K classroom, Ms. Alexandre concurrently earned both her New York State permanent teaching license as well as the Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Touro College.
When FOCH assumed sponsorship of the Bedford Avenue Early Education facility in 2008, Ms. Alexandre retained her position as group teacher while pursuing additional studies that earned her the New-York State Initial license for Students with Disabilities. In 2012, she was promoted to the position of Educational Director.
“It was a difficult decision that I had to make because I really enjoyed working directly with children,” she says. “But looking at the brighter side of this opportunity, I realized that I could use it as a platform to motivate my fellow teachers and pass on to them much of what I had learned throughout my years of working in the classroom.”
In addition to English, Merline Alexandre is also fluent in both French and Haitian Kreol.